Em'pha-sisNew 4 Dec 2022Em'pha-sis /ˈɛmfəsɪs/You know how you can ask something, and put the emphasis on different words?"You've seen the Pyramids?"can mean:1. "What? YOU have actually seen the Pyramids?" (As in, I didn't have you down as an intrepid explorer)2. "What? You've actually SEEN the Pyramids, in person? Not in a book, or on TV?"3. "What? The ACTUAL Pyramids? Those massive weird things that nobody can fully explain?"Sometimes, people say to me:"You run Lemonrock?"And it can mean 3 different things:1. What? YOU run Lemonrock? YOU? I didn't think you were technical. Or I thought you were a musician, etc...2. You RUN Lemonrock? That must be a huge job. Just one person? Really?3. You run LEMONROCK? What, that amazingly useful gig guide that I recently discovered and now use almost daily to tell me what's on in my local area?I don't really mind what their question actually means. I always hear it as number 3.https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/emphasis___Mac, emphatic about many things
Ups and Downs12 Nov 2022Ups and Downs Things are never certain.Last week, I heard the sad news that one of Hertfordshire's leading music pubs - The Horns in Watford - was closing.From hundreds of gigs a year to no gigs at all... a venue that was famous for a diverse range of acts, from open mic nights to established rock covers bands, is now closed. Very sad.And, in the same week as this news, Lemonrock announced that the number of gigs posted had reached a new record since COVID: over 10,000 gigs, across the UK.Our condolences go out to The Horns, for all their hard work and all the entertainment they have provided their audiences over the years.We also welcome all new bands (and venues) who have taken a leap of faith to do live music in pubs across the UK. As the COVID statistics decline, I hope that more people will take an educated decision to go out and enjoy one of our nation's best things in entertainment: live music.___Mac, certain of nothing*** STOP PRESS ***We are delighted to tell you that a new series of gigs has been announced at The Horns in Watford. Many high-profile bands are helping this famous music pub by playing for nothing. If you have a hat, I ask you to take it off.https://www.lemonrock.com/hornshttps://en-gb.facebook.com/horns.watford/
Missing something?9 Nov 2022Missing something? Some of you will be missing your weekly email listings by email.If you are one of these people, please check that you are still signed up with Lemonrock. We have removed thousands of "dead" accounts from our database recently.How do you know if you are still signed up?Try logging in.https://www.lemonrock.com/memberlogin.phpIf the site doesn't recognise you, then you may have been terminated. In a nice way, of course.Our new system doesn't tolerate lazy people like it did before. Now, if you don't confirm your email within a certain time, we delete your account. Simple, fair, effective.We've also upgraded our email system to a leading-edge software product which guarantees delivery, so our messages are sure to get through.Looking forward to saying Hello Again, again.___Mac, a hi-tech communicator
Be happy. Go to a gig.13 Oct 2022Be happy. Go to a gig. Lemonrock is an amazing, unique website.There is NOTHING like Lemonrock - not just in the UK, but in the world. (Get in touch if I'm wrong here).I'm not on an ego trip, folks. I just want to nudge you, gently, into making the most of Lemonrock.I created Lemonrock in 2000, driven by a passion for live music, and wanting to tell the world about some fabulous live local acts that I had seen recently in Lemonrock's home town (St Albans, Hertfordshire), where I was a regular customer at The Horn, the town's major live music venue.I created Lemonrock for one purpose only: to connect people with live music gigs in their local area.Now, over 20 years later, thousands of people rely on Lemonrock's gig listings, every week, to find out what's going on in their town, all over the UK.I have spent most of those years working on Lemonrock - nearly every day - to build something worthwhile, something that would improve people's social lives, and give them the space to be themselves. I gave up a well-paid (but boring) career as a software engineer, to create and nurture Lemonrock.I believe that live music connects people, makes people more sociable, more tolerant, and more understanding. Live music is a non-prescription drug that can cure you of many things - isolation, unhappiness, sadness, depression... (yes, even depression)...All you have to do is drum up the courage to go out to a live music gig (take a friend, or a work colleague) where people are playing their instruments and singers are singing their hearts out... Music is a shared experience, so much more than a TV drama, or even a play at the theatre...Not sure about live music? Search Lemonrock in your local area, go see some great bands! It could be the beginning of something beautiful.___Mac, full of passion___Get FREE gig alerts when you join as a Music Lover:https://www.lemonrock.com/join.php?musiclover___Post your venue's gigs:https://www.lemonrock.com/join.php?venue___Post your band's gigs:https://www.lemonrock.com/join.php?band
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